EPA’s Waters of the U.S. Changes Impacts Ranchers and Water Quality

On Friday November 14th, the Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA), Montana Association of State Grazing Districts (MASGD), Montana CattleWomen (MCW) and the Montana Public Lands Council (MPLC), submitted comments to EPA regarding the Proposed Rule regarding the definition of “Waters of the U.S.” under the Clean Water Act . Montana has long been known as an…

CattleWomen offer personalized BEEF signs

Promote the beef industry and the Montana CattleWomen with the purchase of a personalized “BEEF” sign! The 18” x 24” steel signs are designed for outdoor durability and to hang from a gate or fence. These also make great gifts for friends, family, or fellow ranchers! Signs are $50 each, plus $10 shipping and handling.…

Fall Update for Northeast Montana Ranching

What a year we are having in the cattle business with prices never seen before!  Many of us have wondered just how much our consumers will be willing to pay for beef.  Well, apparently a healthy amount!  With this increase in prices comes an increase in pressure to produce a better, more consistent product.  We…

Concerns When Feeding Frosted Alfalfa

By Emily Glunk, MSU Extension Forage Specialist I have been getting many calls and emails from agents and producers about how to graze their frosted alfalfa. The biggest concern with grazing frosted alfalfa is the potential for bloat. Bloat is a serious problem in livestock, especially cattle, and preventative measures must be used when animals…

Concerns When Feeding Sprouted Grain to Cattle

By Megan Van Emon, MSU Extension Beef Specialist Summer in Montana has been a wild ride. Because of the weather, grain harvest was delayed in many areas, and some barley and wheat have sprouted in the seed heads.  These sprouted grains, although not suitable for traditional markets, can be used as a feedstuff for livestock.…

2014 Election Results for Montana

The votes are in and final ballots are being counted for the 2014 election. Across the country, Republicans gained several seats over Democrats, even in traditionally Blue states. Republicans will now have the majority in both Senate and House, with Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell expected to take on the role of Senate Majority Leader. Locally in…

MSU Extension offers advice on evaluating soil health

BOZEMAN – Experts with Montana State University and MSU Extension have recommendations for growers on evaluating soil quality and health. The concept may seem subjective, but there are ways to measure and improve soil health. It takes time to measure, monitor and manage to improve soil health, but it can be worth the effort for…

Why is Biosecurity so important in my cattle operation?

By Dr. Jeanne M. Rankin, MSU Extension, Agro-Emergency Projects Coordinator- jeanne.rankin@montana.edu This is the time of year that people are showing their cattle at large exhibitions across the country and exposing them to many other ranches and farms and different diseases and parasites. We don’t often think about the potential to bring home disease from shows…